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NCJ Number: 248991 Find in a Library
Title: Victims of Identity Theft, 2014
Series: BJS Bulletins
Author(s): Erika Harrell
Corporate Author: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
United States of America
Date Published: September 2015
Page Count: 26
Sponsoring Agency: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
Washington, DC 20531
Sale Source: Bureau of Justice Statistics (BJS)
US Dept of Justice
Office of Justice Programs
810 Seventh Street NW
Washington, DC 20531
United States of America
Document: PDF (Summary)|PDF (Full Report)
Type: Report (Annual/Periodic) ; Statistics; Survey
Format: Document; Document (Online)
Language: English
Country: United States of America
Annotation: This report presents data on victims of identity (ID) theft for 2014, based on findings from the National Crime Victim Survey, as reported in its Identity Theft Supplement (ITS).
Abstract: The report details the number, percentage, and demographic characteristics of victims who reported one or more incidents of ID theft during a 12-month period. Approximately 7 percent of persons ages 16 or older were victims of ID theft in 2014, similar to findings from the victimization survey in 2012. The majority of victims (86 percent) experienced the fraudulent use of existing account information, such as credit card or bank account information. The number of elderly victims of identity theft increased from 2.1 million in 2012 to 2.6 million in 2014. Approximately 14 percent of victims had out-of-pocket losses of $1 or more. Of these victims, about half had losses of less than $100. Half of the victims who resolved associated problems did so in a day or less. Among victims who experienced multiple types of ID theft with existing accounts and other fraud, 32 percent spent a month or more resolving problems. An estimated 36 percent of victims reported moderate or severe emotional distress as a result of their victimization. 44 tables and 8 figures
Main Term(s): Victimization surveys
Index Term(s): Identity Theft; Offense statistics; Statistics; Victim profiles
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